School Board member Helen Bassett has been elected as the newest chair of the Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education.
Bassett began her new duties on Jan. 4, 2022, at the Board’s organizational and business meeting.
“The fact that my community placed confidence in me is an honor that I hold close, “ said Bassett. “It gives me great incentive to fulfill their trust.”
Bassett is the first Black woman to serve as Chair of Robbinsdale’s Board of Education. A Golden Valley resident, she has served on the School Board since 2002. Bassett was recognized on Thursday, Jan. 13, by the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) for her 20 years of service to the Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education.
“Receiving recognition from the MSBA for 20-years of service was both symbolic and substantive. The MSBA service award is symbolic for me, particularly in the face of the strained and tumultuous times we live in,” said Bassett. “Substantive, in that the award is a tangible measure of the grace my community has shown me through their votes. No award would be possible without that.
Bassett is a Government Affairs liaison for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. She’s also the co-founder and managing director of the Minnesota School Board Directors of Color and Indigenous Fellowship.
The Board also elected additional officers including Sam Sant to serve as vice chair, Greta Evans-Becker as clerk and John Vento will serve as treasurer.